Riders test clean

All the riders tested on Thursday proved clean Keystone

Officials from the international cycling union (UCI) carried out routine doping tests on 36 riders ahead of Thursday's third stage of the Tour de Suisse, after which all the cyclists involved were given the all-clear to continue with the race.

This content was published on June 21, 2001 minutes

The blood tests were conducted six hours before the start of Thursday's race and involved riders from the two Swiss teams, Phonak Hearing Systems and Swiss Post, as well as competitors from the Fassa Bortolo, Cofidis, CSC Worldonline, Saeco and Gerolsteiner teams.

Tour de Suisse organisers are hoping that their event, which runs until June 28, will be a clean affair, following the doping scandal that overshadowed this month's Giro d'Italia.

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